October 4, 2012

Glow-in-the-Dark Iron On Vinyl

phew - that was a title with a lot of dashes! Have you heard of the new iron on vinyl from Expressions Vinyl that Glows in the Dark?!?

I'm sure you can come up with a million ideas for it.  You can even order it and hand-cut it if you want and you don't have a cutting machine.  I'm going to show you how I came up with an idea using my Silhouette Cameo....

I wanted to do a non-cheesy Halloween shirt.  Because we have plenty of corney Halloween shirts, but "classy Halloween shirts" (is that such a thing?!) are hard to find.  And if you can't find what you want, make it!  The joy of crafting! I browsed the Silhouette online store and found this "Beware" image that was exactly what I had in mind.  I downloaded it and realized it was a print and cut - which meant it was just going to cut the outer edge.  So I used the "trace" feature in the software to trace all the inner lines, then drug the original design to the side and left all the cut lines - perfect. Well, ALMOST perfect.  I can't say it enough - whenever you cut iron-on vinyl, you need to flip your image!!!  Like so: See how the "Beware" reads backwards - - that's because when you load iron-on vinyl onto your cutting mat, you cut it from the back side.  Put the shiny side down, like so: Now, on to attaching it to your prewashed shirt - I actually show these steps with regular iron-on vinyl, not glow-in-the-dark, but the process is the same... After weeding all the extra vinyl out, stick the image where you want it, then iron it with a piece of fabric over it:                   Then press like crazy - you're aiming to adhere the vinyl to the shirt fibers.  Then peel up the clear sheet, and voila:

Then wear and enjoy:

  I got fancy with my camera, used manual focus, and got a shot of the shirt glowing - that's got to count for something! So if you haven't tried iron-on vinyl, give it a go!  Especially now since glow-in-the-dark is an option!

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

3 Fabulous Comments:

This is so cool!!! Think of the Halloween possibilities. Or this would be great to put on a pillow for my son's room at night. Do you know how it holds up to washing?

I had absolutely no idea how to work with glow in the dark or iron on vinyl (but I bought some anyways), thank you so much for this tutorial!

Ooh! That's neat! :) Need some of that vinyl ASAP!

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